The 500 Festival says tickets are now available for this year's events. The organization says programs including the 500 Festival Parade and Breakfast at the Brickyard help showcase Indianapolis' “cultural, educational and social attributes.”

March 4, 2015

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization committed to enriching the quality of life for Indiana residents and visitors, today announced that tickets are available for all 2015 events, including the IPL 500 Festival Parade and 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc. Tickets can be purchased online at www.500festival.com/tickets. In addition, pre-registration has opened for the 2015 Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run. Pre-registration for the Rookie Run can be completed here. Proceeds from these events help support the 500 Festival's free youth programming.

“As a nonprofit organization, we're dedicated to providing events and programs that are fun and that truly enrich the lives of Hoosiers,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “From the Parade to Breakfast at the Brickyard, we've got some exciting things planned for 2015. We're looking forward to celebrating the success of the Indianapolis 500 and showcasing Indianapolis' cultural, educational and social attributes through these events.”

IPL 500 Festival Parade

One of the inaugural 500 Festival events, the IPL 500 Festival Parade is one of the nation's premier parades. More than 300,000 spectators are expected to line the two-mile parade route to experience the larger-than-life floats, giant helium balloons, celebrities, marching bands, patriotic units and specialty units that will fill the streets of downtown Indianapolis. The tradition continues with the 33 starting drivers of the Indianapolis 500 serving as honorary grand marshals. The IPL 500 Festival Parade consistently earns national acclaim, ranking as one of the top parades, alongside the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

–Date: Saturday, May 23

–Time: Noon ET

–Location: Downtown Indianapolis

–Price: Tickets start at $15

500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc.

The 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc. honors Indiana's mayors and draws civic and business leaders, as well as race fans from all corners of the state. Held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, attendees will hear from a racing insider and gain unique insight into racing's rich history and bright future. Past speakers include: Al Unser Jr., Danny Sullivan, Chip Ganassi and Mario Andretti. Executives from IMS and the 500 Festival will provide remarks before the coronation of the 500 Festival Queen. This action-packed day also includes an opportunity for ticket holders to drive their car around the famed oval track and tour the garages before enjoying the afternoon qualifying session for the Indianapolis 500.

–Date: Saturday, May 16

–Time: 8:30 – 10:30 am

–Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Plaza Pavilion

–Price: Tickets are $60 each; Preferred Corporate Table: $750

Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run

The 500 Festival brings its community celebration of the Indianapolis 500 to Indiana families for the 21st annual Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run. Part of Chase 500 Festival Kids' Day, this non-competitive fun run for children aged 3 – 10 is an excellent opportunity for Indiana youth to get active. Managed by the same team that produces the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, the nation's largest half-marathon, this event boasts similar fanfare including the start and finish line production.

Run distances are set based upon a child's age and all participants will receive a goodie bag, a participant bib with the number 1, and a finisher's medal. All Rookie Run participants who pre-register will receive a commemorative technical t-shirt. On-site registration will be available, however registration and shirts will be sold separately.

–Date: Saturday, May 9

–Time: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

–Location: Downtown Indianapolis; Ohio and Meridian Streets

–Pre-registration: $16 – commemorative technical t-shirt included (package price available through May 7)

–Day-of registration: $8 registration, $10 commemorative technical t-shirt sold separately (while supplies last)

The 500 Festival Ticket Office is located at 21 Virginia Ave. in Downtown Indianapolis. Hours are:

–March 2 – May 15: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET

–May 18 – 22: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

For more information about the 500 Festival or to purchase tickets please visit www.500festival.com. Or, search each event's hashtag on social media, #500Parade, #BrickyardBreakfast, and #500RookieRun.

About the 500 Festival

Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces more than 50 life-enriching events and programs while celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and fostering positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $350 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com, follow us on Twitter @500festival, or on Facebook.

Source: 500 Festival

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